American Airlines pilot dies after medical episode on flight

An American Airlines first officer died in flight Wednesday en route to Albuquerque, airport officials confirmed.

Once on the ground, the co-pilot, identified as William "Mike" Grubbs, received CPR for almost 40 minutes before being pronounced dead, the spokeswoman said.

Once the plane landed, it taxied to the gate and was met by paramedics, who performed CPR for 35 to 40 minutes, sources close to the matter tell CNN, adding that the co-pilot was pronounced dead a short time later.

The airline speaks live that- "everyone is saddened" by Grubbs' passing.

"We are taking care of First Officer Grubbs' family and colleagues, and our thoughts and prayers are with them during this hard time", the airline said in a statement to NBC News Thursday. Preparation of a member of the flight crew group is even rare.

The aircraft landed safely at 3.30pm local time.

In 2015, an American Airlines pilot died in a medical emergency on an overnight flight from Phoenix to Boston.

An American Airlines plane is shown being towed from its gate during festivities inaugurating nonstop service to Shanghai at LAX on April 5, 2011.

  • Zachary Reyes